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Digging Deeper

Our organization is committed to eradicating the systemic conditions (substance use-related discrimination, poverty bias, and racism) that lead to adverse health outcomes in the families we serve. Our evidence-informed resources and reports are comprehensive knowledge mobilization tools to bring awareness to structural barriers families experience, and innovative solutions to support the intergenerational well-being of families.  

Learn more by reading through our reports below. 

Starlings Initiatives Getting to the Root of Adve

A Critique of Adverse Childhood Experience Literature from the Context of Parental Substance Use

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A toolkit that highlights the Serenity report, and relevant information on the experiences of parents who are affected by Child Welfare Policies in Canada

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First of its kind report highlighting how stigma harms children who are exposed to a parent's substance use disorder.


An inforgraphic to support the team at Child First Canada to inform YCP of the root causes of inequities.

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2021 questionnaire results exploring the impact of stress and stigma on youth whose parents use substances.

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A 7 min video by DDG production funded by Equip Health and Canadian Public Health Association of Canada.

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30 minute podcast  with Gord Gardner, discussing the work of Starlings Community


Addressing systemic barriers to health equity for families affected by substance use-related discrimination. 

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 A video recording, by donation, of the webinar, "A Community Response to the Serenity Report", where lived stories are shared as well as relevant data.

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Understanding ACEs in the context of parental substance Use and Stigma

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